Asivisa Sutta, Āsīvisa-sutta: 2 definitions


Asivisa Sutta means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Asivisa Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Asivisa Sutta - Preached at Savatthi. Man has to tend four snakes of fierce heat and fearful venom - the four mahabhutas; be is constantly followed by five murderous foes - the five upadanakkhandha; he is pursued by a murderous housebreaker with uplifted sword - passionate desire (nandiraga); while trying to escape them, he wanders into an empty village, where everything is empty - the sixfold personal sense sphere (ajjhattikayatana), and into it come village plunderers - the six fold external sense spheres (bahirayatana.) Fleeing from there he comes to a broad sheet of water beset with danger on the hither side; the further side is secure from fear, but there is no boat and no bridge - the fivefold flood (ogha), the hither shore being sakkaya and the further shore nibbana. S.iv.172-b.

2. Asivisa Sutta - There are four kinds of snakes in the world: the venomous but not fierce, the fierce but not venomous, the one that is both and the one that is neither. Similarly there are four kinds of persons: the one quick to get angry but with short lived anger, the one slow to get angry but with lasting anger, etc. (A.ii.110-11)

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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